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4Minute promoting 4minute World (2014)
Left to Right: Ji Yoon, Ga Yoon, Sohyun, Hyun A, Ji Hyun

4minute (포미닛) is a Korean pop girl group formed by CUBE Entertainment. They became well know before their debut with Hyun A, a former Wonder Girls member that left the group due to an illness. They made their debut in 2009 with the digital single "Hot Issue". They made their Japanese debut on May 5, 2010 with the release of the Japanese version of "MUZIK" under Far Eastern Tribe Records, a sub-label of Universal Music Japan. They left the Japanese label on August 2013.

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Debut

4minute promoting "Hot Issue" (2009)

Initially, 4Minute was known as " Hyun A's Group" due to little information known about the group and Hyun A; a former Wonder Girls member who would re-debut with 4minute. Hyun A and Ji Hyun were the first members announced to be in the 5 member group. On May 14, 2009 CUBE Entertainment released the official name of the group and slated their official debut for mid-June. In a statement, CUBE Entertainment defined the meaning of the name "4minute" stating that they "...will give off each of their charms while performing for that 4 minute long performance on the stage, captivating the hearts of fans.” The teaser for "Hot Issue", their debut MV, was released on June 11, 2009. However, the teaser sparked controversy amongst netizens who claimed the teaser plagiarized an iPod advertisement.

CUBE Entertainment released concept photo's of 4minute on June 12, 2009; promoting the "Candy Funky Style". 4minute was criticized by Netizens who declared 4minute was similar to 2NE1 and After School. CUBE Entertainment assured netizens that 4minute was unique stating "Their Candy Funky Stye is different from After School, who does vivid colours and 2NE1 with the Hip Hop style. "Candy Funky" is currently very famous in Europe with the spirit of ‘Let’s go back to the 1980s’." Regardless, 4minute became the #1 searched phrase on Daum, and their popularity increased before their debut. On June 15, 2009 the music video for "Hot Issue" was officially released. 4minute debuted "Hot Issue" on June 18, 2009 on M! Countdown, then won the "Rookie of the Month" award from Cyworld with "Hot Issue" on July 1, 2009.

Sony Korea chose 4minute's un-released song "MUZIK" as their MP3 Player theme, which was played in the CM. Sequentially, "ShoeMarker", a shoe company, collaborated with 4minute who endorsed their product while 4minute was asked to represent the relaunch of Pucca, a South Korean character brand. "Hot Issue" continued to have immense popularity digitally. On August 3, 2009 4minute was awarded the "Rookie of the Month" award from Cyworld for "Hot Issue".

4minute acquired a Reality Show through MTV titled MTV 4minute. The show, which was a total of 20 episodes and 4 minutes long, first aired on August 10, 2009. 4minute completed promotions for "Hot Issue" and began preparing for their first mini-album.

4minute promoting For Muzik (2009)

1st Mini-Album, Rise in Popularity

CUBE Entertainment slated the debut mini-album, titled For Muzik for an early August release. However, the mini-album was postponed until August 31, 2009. For Muzik was leaked on August 28, 2009 from Venezuela via Youtube. Due to the leak, CUBE Entertainment released the mini-album digitally online, and For Muzik entered the charts. 4minute planned to promote For Muzik with "MUZIK" and "Anjullae". Yet, "Anjullae" suffered a ban from Music Bank, deeming the lyrics inappropriate. However, 4minute experience explosive sales with For Muzik; the mini album hit the 20,000 mark in pre-orders.

The MV for "MUZIK" was released on September 3, 2009. 4minute debuted "MUZIK" on September 5, 2009 at Music Bank, and the group went on to win two Mutizen's at Inkigayo on September 27, 2009 and their second #1 award on M! Countdown. 4minute ended "MUZIK" promotions and it was announced that the group would use "What A Girl Wants" as their second single. The debut performance was at Music Core on October 24, 2009 and the music video was released on October 28, 2009. The group went on to win the "Yepp Newcomer Award" along with T-ara at the 2009 Golden Disk Awards.

Overseas Activities, 2nd Mini-Album and 1st Japanese album

4minute promoting Hit Your Heart (2010)

CUBE Entertainment announced their plans to expand 4minute into other Asian countries due to immense popularity. The group was invited to the "Korea China Music Festival" where they made their debut appearance in China on November 25, 2009 in Shanghai; they performed "Hot Issue" and "MUZIK". On November 30, 2009 it was announced that Hyun A and Ji Yoon would make their solo debut's, however it was not decided which member would debut first. 4minute went on to be featured in fellow label-mate Mario's Christmas digital single "Jingle Jingle", which was released on December 2, 2009; the music video premiered online on December 3rd.

Hyun A made her debut with the digital single "Change" on 4th January. The music video was deemed inappropriate for minors and given a 19+ rating because of the dancing Hyun A does in the video. It was re-edited by CUBE Entertainment, this was given a 15+ rating nevertheless.

They released their debut Japanese single "MUZIK" on May 5th under Far Eastern Tribe Records. It debuted at #16 on the Oricon Charts, and in it's first week reached #21 with barely any promotion. All together, the single charted for 3 weeks and sold 6,154 copies.

Their 2nd mini album, Hit Your Heart was set to be released on May 19th, yet under mysterious circumstances, the album leaked on the 19th yet the album was available in stores on May 27th. The reason is still unknown. The lead single for Hit Your Heart was "Huh", and this reached #1 on Music Core.

Their second Japanese single "I My Me Mine" was released on 28th July and two months later, on 27th October, they released their third Japanese single "FIRST / DREAMS COME TRUE". Their first Japanese album, DIAMOND, is set to release on December 15th.

2011 - Present

Their fourth Japanese single "WHY" was released on 9th March, and twenty days later, on 29th March they released their first Korean digital mini-album Heart to Heart. "WHY" became their biggest selling Japanese single to date. Their first Korean album, 4Minutes Left, was released on April 5th.

Their fifth Japanese single "HEART TO HEART" was released on 7th September, with the tittle track being a Japanese version of the Korean of the same tittle. Their sixth Japanese single "READY GO" was released 7th December, it was their first single to feature an original Japanese song.

In April 9, 2012, they released their third Korean mini-album, Volume Up.

In April 26, 2013, they released their fourth Korean mini-album, Name is 4Minute.

In August 23, 2013, it was stated by the group's official Japanese website, that their contract with Universal Music Japan ended and their Japanese fanclub, 4NIA JAPAN, would be closed.

Trivia

  • Official Fanclub: 4NIA (4 + MANIA; For Our Mania). "The mania we have gives us the strength to support 4Minute".
  • Official Color: Pearl Violet

Korean Discography

4minute promoting 4Minutes Left (2011)
4minute promoting Volume Up (2012)
4Minute promoting Name is 4minute (2013)

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Digital Mini-Albums

Digital Singles

Collaborations / Other

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